Together, As One Synod Resolution Advances

The resolution that would bring the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences together into one conference is wending its way toward General Synod in June. A Synod subcommittee, after requiring some alterations, is recommending that the motion go forward to plenary.

The United Church of Christ Board will make the final decision on submitting the resolution to Synod in early March. The 32nd General Synod is being held June 21 - 25 in Milwaukee, WI.

The summary of the resolution states:

"This motion asks the Thirty-Second General Synod to recognize a new Conference in Southern New England and vicinity, provisionally called 'the TA1 Conference of the United Church of Christ,' and to grant it standing as a Conference of the United Church of Christ, terminating the standing of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences, the Associations of which will become Associations of the new Conference."

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Many Voices, One Mission: Collaboration and Communication

By Drew Page, News & Media Editor for the CT Conference, UCC.

In school, I never liked partner or team projects… except once. In 11th grade, my friend Dan and I designed a model of the effects of a nuclear explosion on an a city, complete with a butane-torched sculpture of what happens to a car 4 miles away from the blast (using a Hot Wheels model). Dan and I met at his house a bunch of times and created a model, prepared a written and oral report, and even played a recording of “Russians” by Sting during our presentation to class. The project was well received. Dan and I worked well together.
But I still wonder about collaboration. Much of the research I’ve seen on team work and collaboration talks about the benefits of shared resources, multiple perspectives, and the added-value of skill sets. But there is also another side: the overload of certain skilled individuals and a potential inefficiency of time that collaboration can cause. But there is another aspect to collaboration that the research doesn’t often address, or when it does, treats it like a separate topic: Communication.

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Many VoicesMany Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the CT, MA, and RI Conference of the United Church of Christ.


UCC Racial Justice Ministry Book Discussion

The United Church of Christ (UCC) Racial Justice Ministry will host its first online Book Discussion featuring, “Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice & Solidarity” edited by Phil Snider Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12 noon – 1 pm EST via live webinar discussion. You must register to participate.  Registration includes a free book for the first 10 registrants.

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Shine - Youth at Synod 2019

The UCC General Synod will take place in Milwaukee, WI, June 21 - 25, 2019 and the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences are collaborating to sponsor a trip there.

Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church.

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Upcoming Events

Super Saturday
March 16, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

Registration now open!  A full day of worship, workshops and networking. Keynote speaker is Rebehak Anderson, who has spoken widely on disability theology.

Sugar Eat - a Maple Sugar on Snow party
March 17, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

A sweet fundraiser to benefit Outdoor Ministry at Irons Homestead. Delicious hot maple syrup is poured over snow to create an instant candy. Served with dill pickles, plain doughnuts, deviled eggs and a variety of drinks. $5 adults; $3 children under 12.

April 30 - May 2
Pilgrim Pines Retreat Center, Swanzey, NH

The New England Association Of United Church Educators (NEAUCE) is inviting all Christian Educators and pastors to a 3 day retreat with workshops to relax and renew. 

Save the Date: The first Annual Meeting of the new Together, As One Conference will be Nov. 1 - 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA


Youth Fellowship Director - Tolland, CT

Church School/Communications Director - Kingston, RI


Other Events of Interest

Hate Groups in America
Feb. 24, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
UCC Middletown, RI

HATE GROUPS IN AMERICA presented by The Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL).  Open to public; admission is free.

"Generosity Transformed" Conference
April 30 - May 3
Indianapolis, IN

Need to energize and revitalize your church’s strategies for faithful generosity? Does your church find it hard to talk about money? UCC Church Building & Loan Fund would like to make you aware of this ecumenical stewardship conference.

9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival
May 5, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

First Congregational Church in Bloomfield, CT
All youth in grades 5 and up and their pastors, parents, or adult leaders are invited to this dynamic worship service that will your renew your spirit.  Come and lift your praises, celebrate vitality, and embrace diversity! 


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